The National, Wednesday 08th Febuary 2012
THE body of one of the victims of the mv Rabaul Queen found in Milne Bay waters has been identified.
In the first of the coroner’s report filed with the Lae district court, the young woman was named as Belinda Kembu, from Buluvava village, Talasea, West New Britain province.
Buluvava, 28, was an accountant with the Seventh-Day Adventist church headquarters in Lae.
She was on the vessel with her younger brother, John, who is named after their father.
John (age not given) reported in the coroner’s report filed at the Lae District Court yesterday that he last saw his sister at about 6.15am last Thursday.
More coroner’s reports were expected to be submitted today for an inquest to be heard into the sinking of the vessel.
Already people are calling for a commission of inquiry into the sinking of the inter-island ferry.
Some sections of the legal fraternity believed a coronial inquest would be more precise in its investigation of the disaster.
In another matter, a company executive was killed instantly in a traffic accident in the Leron Plains at the weekend.
Origin Energy’s terminal manager in Lae, Abel Subul, was driving from the highlands back to Lae when he ran into the vehicle ahead of him at about 7.45pm last Saturday.